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Chris Knight, Phil Viardo to launch prodco Former Prodigy

American actor and TV personality Christopher Knight has teamed up with veteran producer Phil Viardo to launch a new production venture: Former Prodigy Media. The company will be based in Beverly Hills ...
September 5, 2019

American actor and TV personality Christopher Knight has teamed up with veteran producer Phil Viardo to launch a new production venture: Former Prodigy Media.

The company will be based in Beverly Hills and was founded with the goal of taking creative risks and to develop a slate of cutting-edge non-fiction, documentary and scripted projects for a wide variety of platforms and distributors.

Former Prodigy’s development slate already includes the documentary feature film Truelove, which follows Callie Truelove, a teenager with Williams Syndrome, as she sets out to meet other Williams children to spread awareness of this rare genetic disorder. Meanwhile, new unscripted series projects in development include an untitled Christopher Knight home makeover project; the true crime series Deadly Charm, about multiple-murderer Robert Reldan; Hard Time/Easy Meal, a docuseries based on the book Prison Ramen by actor Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo Alvarez, about celebrities who did time in prison; and a docuseries featuring popular recording artist and producer Trinidad Jame$.

Knight (pictured, left) has started and run several companies, including his home furnishings brand Christopher Knight Home. He can be seen in the upcoming HGTV series A Very Brady Renovation, premiering Monday (Sept. 9).

Viardo (right) was most recently head of development at Natural 9 Entertainment, where he will remain a partner and on the board of directors and will continue to co-produce several projects. His credits include Hollyscoop, Nat Geo’s LimoMasters, Univision’s La Gran Sorpresa and ABC’s The Wildlife Docs. His documentary feature film Public Enemy Number One, co-produced with Alethia Films, is due for release this fall.

“I am elated about this new venture,” said Knight in a statement. “It was only a matter of time before I expanded my business interests into TV/Film production. The opportunity of teaming up with Phil just made sense and indicated, ‘that’ timing was at hand.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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